Gallery QURKIES 1
Gallery QURKIES 1
February 2019
Headquarters 4847 CN Teteringen, Nederland

QURKIES - Duplo-compatible toy blocks made of eco-friendly cork educatinng children on natural materials

QURKIES are Duplo-compatible toy blocks made of eco-friendly cork.

To harvest cork, the bark of the Quercus Suber (the cork oak) is taken off like a jacket, which then grows back due to a unique natural process. The tree is not cut down. Harvesting cork is a very delicate process and completely done by hand. A cork tree can be harvested for the first time at the age of 25 years, and after that only once in every 9 years. A mature cork tree grows about 2 QURKIES per day. Cork is a very eco-friendly material. The cork bark is like a sponge for CO2. Stripped cork trees absorb 4 times more CO2 because of the harvesting. Moreover, these blocs are compatible with current DUPLO blocs and allow them to float on water (cf video). They also can be given any colours with felt pens.

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Key features

  • 87% less plastic
  • 100% recyclable
  • Renewable material: a cork tree grows 2 Qurkies per day
  • Compatible: Qurkies are compatible with original Duplo


  • Develop cork forests which are important for rural Mediterranean area.
  • Compatible: Qurkies are compatible with original Duplo

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  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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